Design and build of a scale model unmanned inland cargo vessel: actuation and control architecture

Published on Oct 1, 2019
· DOI :10.1088/1742-6596/1357/1/012016
Gerben Peeters , T Catoor1
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+ 6 AuthorsPeter Slaets6
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